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Maven's Morning Coffee: Strike at the ports, fight over DWP nonprofit groups, reforming the Sheriff's Department

KPCC considers what strikes at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could mean for consumers.
KPCC considers what strikes at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could mean for consumers.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC

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Today is Thursday, July 10, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC considers what labor strikes at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach mean to consumers. "If the strike were to last for three weeks or more ... consumers might begin to see some store shelves empty out, particularly of goods imported from Asia," per the station.

City Attorney Mike Feuer wants a court-appointed receiver to run two nonprofits overseen by the Department of Water and Power and its union, reports KPCC. At the same time, Controller Ron Galperin says he cannot "in good conscience" make scheduled payments to the groups because IBEW Local 18's trustees have not make their records available for an audit.

Los Angeles County officials are at odds over how much access an inspector general should have to the Sheriff's Department, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Under a proposal the board will vote on this month, the inspector general would not have an attorney-client relationship with the sheriff, but would have such a relationship with the Board of Supervisors so that they could consult him when the county is faced with lawsuits," reports the Times.

The Dodgers were found partially responsible for a 2011 parking lot beating that left a San Francisco Giants fans with brain damage, reports the Associated Press.

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